Big Bear Pickleball - Places to Play
4 outdoor courts w/ permanent nets, open play. Closes with meaningful snow.
** CLOSED FOR RESURFACING ** 8 outdoor courts w/ permanent nets, balls provided to club members. Club Play April 1 - October 31, M-W-Sa 8-12 ($3/day or $20/season). Open play all other times. Closes with meaningful snow.
2 outdoor courts, one w/ tennis net, and one bring-your-own pb court, open play - out of use due to poor condition.
Meadow Park Gym (Winter Only)
2 indoor courts w/ temporary nets (provided by BBPBClub), indoor play begins after there is meaningful snow and P&R closes the outdoor courts
2022/23 WINTER Open Play: Mon - Fri 9-12 (must have 4 players via GroupMe)
P&R fee of $5/month plus must sign P&R waiver (can be done at the court)
Membership in Big Bear Pickleball Club
(1) $20 per player per season, payable to "Big Bear Pickleball Club" and
(2) A signed Big Bear Valley Recreation & Park District Waiver (download here or available at the courts)
Board of Directors
Ken Begley, President
Will Rahill, Vice President
Monique Sannes, Treasurer
Eiko Miller, Secretary
Cheryl Brown, Events
Calendar: The official Club season is April 1 - October 31, but we play year round.
Official Pickleball Rules
Full Rulebook: https://www.usapickleball.org/docs/ifp/USAPA-Rulebook.pdf
Some Significant Rule Changes for 2023
Apparel (2.G.1/2.G.4): Inappropriate apparel may now include apparel that approximates the color of the tournament ball. Section 1 encourages players to avoid wearing apparel that approximates the color of the ball. The Tournament Director retains the right to require an apparel change during a non-chargeable time-out.
Spin Serve (4.A.5): Manipulating the ball to add spin during the release of the ball is not allowed. Some natural rotation of the ball when it is released is allowable but the server must not impart manipulation or spin prior to striking the ball to serve. This applies to the volley serve and the drop serve.
Wrong Score Called (4.K): If the wrong score is called, the referee or any player may stop play before the return of serve to correct the score. It is a fault to stop play after the return of serve to identify or ask for a score correction. It is a fault to stop play to identify or ask for a score correction when the score was correctly called.
The Most Argued Rule - When Can You be in the Kitchen?
Non-Volley Zone (taken verbatim from the official rules summary)
The non-volley zone is the court area within 7 feet on both sides of the net.
Volleying is prohibited within the non-volley zone. This rule prevents players from executing smashes from a position within the zone.
It is a fault if, when volleying a ball, the player steps on the non-volley zone, including the line and/or when the player’s momentum causes them or anything they are wearing or carrying to touch the non-volley zone including the associated lines.
It is a fault if, after volleying, a player is carried by momentum into or touches the non-volley zone, even if the volleyed ball is declared dead before this happens.
A player may legally be in the non-volley zone any time other than when volleying a ball.
The non-volley zone is commonly referred to as “the kitchen.”